Everyone wants to buy this old Volvo
“I love the look,” says Daniel Kranz of the design of his Volvo 245. The car looks like it was drawn with a ruler
Source: Haiko Prengel
Daniel Kranz proves that old cars can also be good daily drivers. He uses his Volvo 245 as a delivery donkey and family carriage. The fact that a component fails now and then doesn’t bother him.
E.There are cars where high mileage is no longer a minus point – it’s a seal of quality. Daniel Kranz’s old Volvo will have driven around the globe a dozen times. But its owner doesn’t know for sure, because the speedometer of his Volvo 245 station wagon stopped a few years ago. "He should have traveled 350,000 kilometers," says Kranz. And a few kilometers are added every day.
The 45-year-old Berliner is Kirchwart, so practically a caretaker for places of worship. And as a caretaker and craftsman, you need a big car. Before community festivals, he already loads the car with 18 crates of drinks, reports the trained carpenter.
But his Volvo will also be on summer vacation gladly fully charged up to the edge of the roof. "Then it really hangs down," says Kranz. He misses a level control very much in his youngtimer. But he still holds out bravely – "all the way to southern Italy".
A crumple zone almost to the horizon: Hardly any other car protected its occupants 30 years ago as well as the Volvos of the 240 series
Source: Haiko Prengel
Fans also refer to this model as the “last real Volvo”. The Volvos of the 240 series and the related 260 series were produced from 1974 to 1993, almost 20 years. By today’s standards, it’s an incredibly long construction period, but the Volvo 240/260 was actually always up to date.
Because it not only stands for a lot of space, but also for solidity and passive safety, which was by no means taken for granted in automobile construction 30 or 40 years ago. Masses of Swedish steel and a crumple zone that feels like it extends to the horizon: the American traffic safety authority NHTSA once chose the 240 as a reference model for its safety research from: No other vehicle protects its occupants as well.
Kranz ’245 was built at the end of 1992, shortly before the end of production. As a late model, it is equipped with all sorts of extras that were a luxury at the time: leather seats, cruise control, air conditioning, heated seats: the first owner, a doctor, ticked a few ticks when choosing the special equipment. The previous owner only waived the "airbag system", as Volvo called the airbag at the time, which was subject to a surcharge.
Daniel Kranz fell in love with the Volvo as a child
16 years ago Daniel Kranz bought the Volvo from the doctor. The Kirchwart has fond memories of the Dickschiff. When he was a child, acquaintances owned a station wagon, and he and his buddies played on the almost limitless truck bed while driving. “That was a huge playground,” remembers Kranz, who today has a ten-year-old daughter himself.
Kranz’ Volvo is just standing in front of the Gethsemane Church in Prenzlauer Berg. In autumn 1989 the church was a meeting place for the GDR citizens’ movement. The vigils and discussion events were attended by thousands of people, so the church went as a symbol for non-violent protest.
Today, bearded men from the creative industry stroll together for lunch in the neighborhood. Mothers push expensive retro strollers and sip latte macchiato. The cars on the road also look different than they used to be, you can see fat SUVs and off-road vehicles. Daniel Kranz’s old Volvo looks like a relic from another time: this angular steel block, the bodywork is drawn as if with a ruler.
When you open the tailgate, a huge storage space opens up. Kirchwart Kranz stacks up to 18 crates of drinks in his Volvo before community celebrations
Source: Haiko Prengel
Nevertheless, or precisely because of this, Kranz’245 is particularly popular in the Kiez. When he cruises on Schonhauser Allee in his old Volvo, people hold their fingers crossed in appreciation and look longingly after the Nordic classic. He regularly has little notes stuck to his car to contact him. “Some people ask for a good screwdriver,” he reports. "The others want to buy it from me."
But Kranz doesn’t want to, his Volvo is not for sale. In spite of the galvanized body, a little bit had to be welded here and there. The air conditioning stopped working three years ago. And recently the car broke down because of a defective alternator.
Nevertheless, the Kirchwart finds it more sustainable to repair old cars and keep driving instead of constantly producing new ones. “The scrapping bonus was crazy,” says the 45-year-old. At the behest of the federal government, hundreds of thousands of functioning used cars ended up in the junkyard. “It wasn’t sustainable,” says the Berliner. He kept his beloved 245 and wants to continue to do so. "I’ll drive it as long as I can."
Leather and air conditioning, but cranked windows: car buyers used to choose strange combinations. Today it adds to the charm of youngtimers like the blue Volvo station wagon
Source: Haiko Prengel
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